Spring is just on the other side of this weekend. We are almost there, my friends. Pay no attention to the snow storm in the forecast. With the Well Summit’s Day of WELLness, the parade and a mind full of weekend musings, I’ve got plenty to keep me preoccupied (and my weather app closed).
- I love how this mini sketchbook (above) I made turned out. I cut down some 140lb. hot press watercolor, painted and mono printed several sheets and then bound them using a simple pamphlet stitch. I ended up having enough paper to make four mini books, and each one (painting aside) took less than 5 minutes to assemble– it was a surprisingly simple + meditative process. I’ve been using them for daily sketching and jotting down notes.
- Related: My friend and fellow Get Messy creative team member Vanessa just released a wonderful online class called Basic Bookbinding. It’s a steal for $15 and covers 4 different methods (I am really excited to try the more complicated coptic stitch) for making your own sketchbooks and art journals.
- Unrelated: March Madness is here. I came in third (I think?) in my sister’s office pool last year, and have high hopes for this year’s bracket too. It should be noted that there is essentially no method to my (March… lololol) madness.
- I’m only half-way through this Guardian story, but I think it’s worth a read: ‘London Bridge is down’: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death. It’s partly morbid, but fully interesting.
- The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade route has been shortened (again). We would normally watch from the top of our street where it’s fairly quiet and far less crowded than Broadway. Grace has basically been looking forward to the parade… since last year’s parade, so I expect we’ll be braving the circus. Seeing her enthusiastically shake hands with politicians is sort of the best thing ever.
- A little meal plan inspiration from The Kitchn: 5 No-Brainer Dinners for the Week Ahead… I have a feeling you’ll see a number of these in my plan on Sunday night, mostly because No-Brainer is one of my current life keywords.
- And because I know I’ll be taking notes at Day of WELLness, here’s a fascinating post on taking more efficient notes from Rescue Time.
Catch you (and spring) soon.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Making plans for this year’s flower + garden show
- Taking a quick stroll through Beacon Hill (one of my favorites)
- Researching “how to talk basketball tournament smack” or whatever
What are you musing over this weekend?
I was trying to get back to sleep after feeding Nick a few nights ago and should have done just that (sleep), but instead I scrolled through the approximately 900 open browser tabs on my iPhone.
Obvious disclaimer: We all know screens and sleep don’t mix.
Of these 900 (give or take) browser tabs, there were articles I had started to read (and thought maybe, eventually I’d finish), recipes I hoped to make, and Frenchies I would like to sneak into our home. The usual. Plus, like, the unusual.
If it’s 3 AM and you’re reading this, maybe… put down your phone, sniff some lavender and try to do some sort of sleep visualization. But if it’s the middle of the day and you’re wondering what on Earth I find interesting enough to keep floating around on my phone for days (or in some cases, months), you’re in luck.
OPEN BROWSER TABS | 3 AM EDITION
- Find a friend (a.k.a. The tab I will keep open forever and always): Every few months, I spot a Frenchie that I am certain is related to Clark and I try to convince Nick that we need to reunite them. In our home. Forever. I’m selfishly not hyperlinking this one because I want first dibs on our next puppy… and because I think there’s much to be said for adopting pets rather than buying from breeders.
- Adele on ’25’: Song by Song//The New York Times: I thought it was interesting to get the back story to each song on her most recent album. …Interesting enough that this tab has been open since last November.
- 6 Stretches for a Lean, Limber Body//Fitness Magazine: Love the emphasis on hips, hamstrings, glutes and ye olde pelvic floor.
- Thug Life Shirts: I love a witty workout tee.
- Farmer’s Choice Boxes from Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA: We haven’t been home enough this summer to justify a full CSA share, but I’ve been keeping my eye on the weekly box offerings from one of our favorite local farms. New lists are posted each Monday and you have until Wednesday evening to purchase the week’s box if you’re interested. This week’s box is $23 and includes blueberries, carrots, tatsoi*, summer squash, red beets, lettuce, onions, mint and fava beans.
- Seasoned Roasted Corn Salad Cups//Martha Stewart: Looks like summer perfection. Maybe sharing will motivate me to give this recipe a try. Or maybe you can make it for me?
- The Ultimate Manual Photography Cheat Sheet//PicMonkey: A great (and comprehensive) reference guide. I love PicMonkey for simple photo editing and design, and their blog features helpful tips and tutorials like this one.
- Edible Flowers//Gourmet Sweet Botanicals: For an upcoming project. Or just a tasty, pretty snack.
- 26 Phrases to Calm an Angry Child//The Huffington Post: These are the things I read at 3 AM and wish I remembered to say at 3 PM.
- Mary Ann Moss’ Oh My Gouache class: This is easily my favorite painting class I’ve taken in ages. I revisit Mary Ann’s posts and videos whenever I get the chance.
- My traveling postcards//Postcrossing: It’s been a few months since I joined Postcrossing and I’m really enjoying finding something other than Gold’s Gym advertisements in our mailbox. I found a bunch of really cute vintage postcards on the Cape that I’m itching to send to Germany. Or Thailand. Or wherever.
*And… I just opened a new tab: Google search results for “What the heck is tatsoi?”
Also On Tap for Today:
- Picking out matching hoodies for the babes (I’ve developed a passion for matching baby/toddler fashion)
- 18 charts for better, healthier snacking via BuzzFeed
- Watching the Olympic trials (and getting so excited for the Games)
Alright, spill. What tab(s) is always open on your phone?